…But not in an inbred way.
It has been a long, unintentional tradition for my family to just find another family and marry repeatedly amongst them. For example, my grandpa’s brother married my grandma’s sister, and my grandpa’s other brother married my grandma’s first cousin. The former of those unions led to my mama having double first cousins and their children being my double second cousins! Two of my mama’s sisters also married brothers, but neither marriage lasted long or resulted in children, so nobody cares. In high school I introduced my first cousin to my best friend’s sister and they had a baby, followed nine months by said friend’s oldest sister having a baby with another one of my first cousins. And then there’s the weird branch we’re working on now (and that I’ve contributed to): My double second cousin had a baby with a man that sadly passed away in a car accident when their son was less than a month old. She then found comfort with his brother and ended up marrying him about a year and a half ago (over four years after her son’s father’s death). They are yet to have a child of their own, but are trying and hopeful. She also has an older son with her ex-husband. Her ex-sister-in-law has a baby with her current husband’s first cousin (so basically both of her sons are related to that kid through their respective fathers). Then I married that man’s little brother (so my double second cousin’s husband’s first cousin) and we had a daughter and a son. My brother-in-law (that knocked up my cousin’s ex-sister-in-law) has also had an on-again-off-again relationship with another one of my double second cousins (a cousin to the other one I mentioned, not a sister, that’d just be weird, right?) and so far, although they’ve both proven to be super fertile, they haven’t produced any offspring together and they seem to be done with each other for good.
This would all seem pretty normal if we lived in a really small town, right? Well, this mess we’ve made spans over a few small cities and towns, three counties, and two states. Thousands upon thousands of potential partners and we still ended up with a twisted family tree. My cousin and I have even drawn out color coded charts to help keep it all straight and prevent future generations from accidentally ending up with a blood relation. It is a mess.
The basic point of this post, I guess, is that we’re not all inbred in the South, we just toe the line awfully close…